An Angler's Guide to Florida's Marine Resources

The new edition of Fishing Lines is now available.


This guide was developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management Outreach and Education Program as an educational tool to provide you with information about Florida's marine resources.

This publication includes articles about marine angling, important habitats, saltwater fishes and state efforts to enhance marine resources. Information is also included about fisheries management in Florida, the importance of catch and release, where money comes from and where it goes and that's just the first half of the guide.

The second half of Fishing Lines has a field guide to help anglers and the public identify some of the many fish species that live in Florida's marine and estuarine waters. Illustrations and descriptions for 145 species are included in the Identification Section.

Please visit our Fishing Resources web page for additional resources and information.

Click on each topic in the table of contents below or download the entire guide here. Adobe PDF (3MB, 76 pages)

Table of Contents Related Links
1 Cover and Table of Contents
  • Why Do We Fish
    • The History of Florida Saltwater Fishing
    • The Future of Saltwater Fishing
    • Angler Outreach and Education
Wildlife 2060
Outreach and Education Programs
11 Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife and Habitats
18 FWC Artificial Reefs Program
20 Boating and Angling Guides

Conservation and You
Catch and Release Information |


28 FWC Law Enforcement
Get Involved
  • FWRI
    • The Research Arm of FWC
    • Sport Fish Restoration
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Sport Fish Restoration
  • Ethics
    • The Ethical Angler
    • Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
Ethical Angler Photo Contest
Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
  • What Is It
    • Fish Identification Section
    • Illustrations by Diane Pebbles
    • Agency Contact Information
Saltwater Fish Identification |

FWC Facts:
Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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